Dallas Mavericks governor Mark Cuban has no doubts about Rick Carlisle's ability to lead the team as head coach. Following a 126-111 Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, Cuban reiterated his support for Carlisle and told reporters he's not considering a change.
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Mark Cuban tells ESPN that he will not consider a coaching change. "Let me tell you how I look at coaching. You don't make a change to make a change. Unless you have someone that you know is much, much, much better, the grass is rarely greener on the other side." https://t.co/Rmr1411xBl
"Let me tell you how I look at coaching," Cuban said. "You don't make a change to make a change. Unless you have someone that you know is much, much, much better, the grass is rarely greener on the other side."
Carlisle, 61, has been the Mavs' head coach since 2008. He's put together a 513-448 record, including an NBA title in 2011.
Yet recent history hasn't been kind to Carlisle. Since winning the title in 2011, the Mavs have failed to advance out of the first round in six postseason appearances. Dallas has failed to make the playoffs in the other four seasons.
That hasn't changed his boss' thinking one bit.
"He isn't going anywhere," Cuban said.
Still, there's no question the loss on Sunday hurt. Dallas had series leads of 2-0 and 3-2 but couldn't finish off the Clippers. Not even a 46-point outing from Luka Doncic was enough to hold off Los Angeles. As many positives as there were to take away from the first-round series, it doesn't make the result any easier for Carlisle to stomach.
"I thought through the course of it that there was a lot of growth, a lot of very valuable experience," Carlisle said. "But losing is something we don't like doing."
Now, the coach will get to work on making sure that growth doesn't go to waste as the Mavs work on retooling this offseason.
Carlisle knows for certain that he'll be back. Just how many more chances he'll get from Cuban remains to be seen.